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Rotary Lift’s in-house assistPRO team works with individual customers and architects to create custom shop layouts.
Rotary Lift expands facility planning assistance
May 7, 2014
The vehicle lift supplier is increasing digital options in its free assistPRO service to give customers additional options for creating custom shop layouts. The number of shops taking advantage of the program has more than doubled over the past five years as the economy has improved, Rotary Lift officials say.
Robust program planned for U.K. transport conference
May 7, 2014
Interchangeability 2014 will be held in Buckinghamshire, England, June 15-18, and officials say attendees will be able to choose from more than 35 seminars and workshops that will cover such topics as planning for the future, how to deliver more with less and how to include young people with special needs in transportation planning. Organizers say that U.S. and Canadian pupil transportation delegates are encouraged to attend.
Residents of Marshfield, Mass., who attended a recent town meeting passed an article that requires all school buses used by the local school district for regular routes, sporting events and field trips to be equipped with three-point seat belts. Photo by Wikipedia user ToddC4176
Residents in Massachusetts town approve seat belts for buses
May 7, 2014
Residents in Marshfield pass an article that requires all school buses used by the local school district for regular routes, sporting events and field trips to be equipped with three-point seat belts, starting in 2016. Resident Stephen Lynch, who brought forth the article, says that students will not be required to wear the belts, but they would “have the choice to be protected.”
Photo by Pamela Iberer
REMINDER: We want your input for our Contractor Survey
May 7, 2014
SBF is currently conducting its 2014 Contractor Survey, and questions will address such topics as driver recruitment, federal regulations impacting pupil transportation and cutting costs. Managers and executives at school bus companies are encouraged to submit responses by the May 9 deadline.
12-year-old arrested after shots fired at school bus
May 6, 2014
According to police in Baton Rouge, La., a student had an altercation with another student on the bus. When the suspect gets off of the bus, he runs into his home, grabs a handgun and fires three shots at the bus. No one is injured in the shooting.
First Student celebrates its employees
May 6, 2014
The school bus contractor will hold employee appreciation days Tuesday through Thursday this week in recognition of its nearly 60,000 drivers, attendants, technicians, managers and additional staff. Officials say every First Student location will hold an event to honor employees for their hard work and commitment.
Mesa Public Schools Director of Transportation Ron Latko will retire from the district on May 22. He will then move into transportation consulting work.
Ron Latko to retire from Arizona school district
May 6, 2014
Latko, who has served as director of transportation at Mesa Public Schools for eight years, will retire at the end of this school year. He reflects on his career and tells SBF what lies ahead for him: school transportation consulting work.
David Duke (left), CEO of National Express Corp., was SCHOOL BUS FLEET's 2013 Contractor of the Year.
REMINDER: Nominate an outstanding school bus contractor
May 6, 2014
Do you know an exemplary school bus contractor who deserves recognition for his or her efforts? If so, SCHOOL BUS FLEET wants to hear from you. We’re preparing to select a recipient for our annual Contractor of the Year award, and we’re accepting nominations. The deadline is Friday, May 9.
Surveillance footage from an April 21 incident in Orting, Wash., clarified some key details about the crash, which was initially reported in the media to have been caused by a bee distracting the bus driver. Photos by Washington State Patrol
School bus driver fired after crashing into ditch
May 5, 2014
Bus surveillance footage from the April 21 incident in Orting, Wash., clarifies some key details about the crash, which was initially reported in the media to have been caused by a bee distracting the bus driver. District officials say that based on their review of the material, the driver has been terminated.
Sharon Schalk was the longtime director of transportation at White Salmon (Wash.) Valley School District and the lead instructor for Washington state's driver trainer program.
Transportation veteran made mark in training, new facility
May 5, 2014
Sharon Schalk was a driving force in training Washington's school bus driver instructors, and she pushed for funding for a much-needed new transportation facility at her district. She died on April 25 after being diagnosed with cancer a few months earlier.
Bullet hits bus carrying special-needs students
May 2, 2014
The bus is hit while carrying six special-needs students and three employees as three to four men fired several shots. No children are injured.
A bill signed by Gov. Bill Haslam amends current law to allow Type C and Type D school buses to be used in their 18th year of service or beyond, if they meet inspection and mileage requirements. Photo by Wikipedia user Kaldari
Tennessee raises school bus service age limit
May 2, 2014
The bill signed by Gov. Bill Haslam amends current law by allowing Type C and Type D school buses to be used until they reach their 18th year of service, and they can also be used beyond that, but they must have fewer than 200,000 miles of recorded travel, and they must undergo two inspections per year. The bill is now in effect.
Driver, monitor resign after special-needs student left on school bus
May 2, 2014
The preschooler is picked up in the morning and is discovered at the Kentucky district’s bus depot in the afternoon, still seated in the bus. The district has changed its policies to help prevent future instances of children being left on buses by requiring preschool staff to check the buses, in addition to the drivers and monitors.
Motorist charged with DUI after hitting special-needs bus
May 2, 2014
James Joshua Warren rounds a curve in his car and strikes the bus, then keeps driving until he reaches his home, where he parks his car and goes inside his home. He is later arrested and charged with the offense. No students are injured.
School buses are among the eligible vehicles for the 2014 National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. Photo by Shane Kirley
EPA offers $9 million in clean diesel funding
May 1, 2014
The agency is now soliciting proposals for the 2014 National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, which provides grants to retrofit or replace older diesel vehicles — including school buses — to reduce emissions.
Seon announces anti-bullying grant recipients
May 1, 2014
The mobile surveillance supplier selects seven recipients for its anti-bullying grant and The Bully Project Educator’s DVD and Toolkits. Twelve more grant applicants are awarded The Bully Project Educator’s DVD and Toolkits.
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Texas district holds driver attendance contest
May 1, 2014
The attendance competition among Houston Independent School District's four bus terminals was timed during a week of state testing for students. District officials say that the goals were to make sure students got to school on time and to show drivers "how important their role is in the students’ success."
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IC Bus offers technician training program
May 1, 2014
Sessions will be held at the IC Bus plant in Tulsa, Okla., on June 23-26; July 7-10; July 21-24 and Aug. 4-7, and the registration fee is $425. The sessions focus on engines, diagnostics, and preventive maintenance and repair procedures.
During a bus crash drill at one of Perth Amboy (N.J.) Public Schools' elementary sites, fire department personnel practiced evacuating students and putting some on stretchers.  Photo courtesy Edmund Treadaway Jr.
New Jersey district boosts training with bus crash drill
May 1, 2014
Perth Amboy Public Schools' transportation department conducts the full-scale drill in partnership with the city's police and fire departments, as well as EMS personnel and students, to better prepare all involved in the event of a real emergency. Transportation Manager Edmund Treadaway discusses the event, which was nine months in the making.
School bus driver charged in fatal Idaho crash
April 30, 2014
Debra Boatwright is charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the Kuna, Idaho, crash that killed an 11-year-old school bus passenger in December. The Idaho State Police's investigation found that the bus driver failed to yield the right of way to a dump truck, which struck the rear passenger side of the bus.

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